children's place preschool

Children’s Place is an outreach ministry of Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church providing hands-on learning experiences and family education opportunities. Our program is licensed as a private school in State of Florida. 

 

The Children’s Place Academy is located in the Benson Children and Youth Building, across the street from the Sanctuary of Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church.  We serve children grades 1-5.  We are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  

 

The Director, Renee Cobb, has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Florida State University with many years of experience directing educational programs. She envisions creating a community where adults and children experience a sense of connection, and she likes to ensure that children have a childhood that is full of play, adventure and investigation.   

 

The Children’s Place staff follows the ethical principles outlined by the Florida Department of Education and together they share the mission, vision, values, and goals that are outlined in this handbook. 

Mission statement

Jesus Christ calls each of us to reach out with God’s Love, Hospitality, Hope, and Healing so that all may experience and share the Joy of belonging to Him.

Philosophy

We believe that children are by nature curious and eager learners.  We believe that children learn best as they experience the environment through play. Because children “make meaning” through direct experiences in their world, we provide meaningful, relevant hands on experiences and explorations.  We place emphasis on educating the whole child.  We plan experiences to promote cognitive, language, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual development.  The teachers provide expert guidance and support for children as they explore and learn about living successfully in the world with self and others.

Values

We strive to provide a Christian environment where children and their families feel safe and loved.  We seek to provide excellent service in such a fashion as to gain trust with all who interact with us. We emphasize diversity throughout our program, and our individualized, developmental approach lends itself to meeting the unique needs of most children.  We are inclusive of children with special needs.  We approach our work with a sense of humility and humanity and with enough humor to light our path.   We offer a weekly worship service with age appropriate stories and music.

Goals for Your Children

The most important goals of our curriculum are for children to get along well with others and become enthusiastic learners.  We want children to become independent, self-confident, curious learners who can work well with others.  We’re teaching them HOW to learn, not just in elementary school, but all through their lives.  We do this by creating purposeful and productive learning experiences that help children grow in all areas.  

 

Our curriculum identifies goals in four areas of development. 

Social/Emotional

To help children develop independence, self-confidence, and self-control, follow rules and routines, make friends, and learn what it means to be part of a group. 

Physical

To increase children’s large muscle skills-balancing, running, jumping, throwing and catching-and use the small muscles in their hands to do tasks like drawing and writing. 

Cognitive

To acquire thinking skills such as the ability to solve problems, to ask questions, and to think logically-sorting, classifying, comparing, counting, and making patterns-and to use materials and their imagination to show what they have learned. 

Language

To use words to communicate with others, listen to and participate in conversations with others, understand the purpose of print, recognize letters and words, and write for varying purposes and audiences. 

Through the activities we plan and the way we organize the classroom, select materials, plan the daily schedule, and talk with children, we seek to accomplish the goals of our curriculum and give your child a successful start in school. 

About Our Accreditation

NAEYC administers the largest and most widely recognized national, voluntary, professionally sponsored accreditation system for all types of early childhood school and child care centers. NAEYC is the nation's largest organization of early childhood educators. Early Childhood programs accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs - NAEY's accreditation department - have voluntarily undergone a comprehensive process of internal self-study, invited external professional review to verify compliance with the Criteria for High-Quality Early Childhood Programs, and been found to be in substantial compliance with the criteria.
 

A copy of the Criteria can be obtained from NAEYC's Academy. To obtain more information, please contact NAEYC at www.naeyc.org.

Have Questions or Want More Information?

Please contact Renee Cobb: rcobb@gbumc.org

Main Program Hours

Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Optional Early Play* 7:30am - 9:00am
Optional Stay and Play* 1:00pm - 4:30pm


*additional fee

Features

  • Frequent, positive, warm interactions among adults and children
     

  • Planned activities appropriate to children's age and development
     

  • Specially trained teachers 
     

  • Excellent adult to children ratio
     

  • Varied age appropriate materials 
     

  • Healthy and safe environment
     

  • Nutritious snacks 
     

  • Regular parent communication
     

  • Ongoing, systematic evaluation 

Registration Forms

Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church

75 Fairpoint Drive
Gulf Breeze, FL 32561
850-932-3594

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